2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Celebrates Women’s Health in Disneyland

Just one week from the conclusion of the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon, competitors lined up once again to run through the Disney Parks.  The 2nd annual runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon was a women’s focused race through the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks.  Continue reading for more results from the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon, and stay tuned to the blog for George Gensler’s first hand account of the race.

Angela Escay Wins 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Angela Escay winner of the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Jimmy DeFlippo courtesy of runDisney

From runDisney’s Press Release

Angela Escay, from Carmichael, CA, returned for her first race in three years following ankle surgery to win the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Escay’s winning effort, 1:24:10, also set a course record for the second annual women-focused event at Disneyland.  Last year, Kellie Nickerson won the inaugural event with a 1:27:52.

“It was a good feeling to get back out there and do what I love to do,” Escay said. “The course was a lot of fun, run through the park. It was my first run back in three years.”

Start of 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Start of 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Jimmy DeFlippo courtesy of runDisney

 

“Rudy” and “The Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin and former “Biggest Loser” winner and Live Well network host Ali Vincent were among the more than 14,000 registered runners for Sunday’s half marathon.

Sean Astin Finishes 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Sean Astin Finishes 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo by Jimmy DeFlippo courtesy runDisney

 

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by Disneyland Resort and the city of Anaheim, led runners through a character-filled 13.1-mile course at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as by several city of Anaheim landmarks.  Runners received a commemorative Tinker Bell “wings” medal.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Course MapClick on image for larger version of course map

The course began on Disneyland Drive and runners passed under Downtown Disney on their way into Disneyland Park.  The race traveled past the home of Tinker Bell, Pixie Hollow, before winding around the Rivers of America.  After Disneyland Park, the race cut through Downtown Disney by the Disneyland Hotel and then it is on to the City of Anaheim.  Runners passed Anaheim Ice on their way towards City Hall.  Before returning to the Disneyland Resort they made their way through the Anaheim GardenWalk and then into Disney California Adventure Park.  Just before the finish, runners experienced Park’s Hollywood Boulevard and Paradise Bay, and cross the finish line at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

More than 21,000 runners participated in the weekend’s events, which were geared toward health, fitness and active lifestyles for women.  Along with Sunday’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon, the weekend also included The Never Land 5K and runDisney kids races on Saturday.  A health and fitness expo featured the latest running merchandise, products and apparel tailored for women, as well as a speaker series involving official runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway and nutritionist Tara Gidus.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is the second women-focused event weekend in the runDisney series.  Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place at Walt Disney World Resort Feb 22-24.  Both event weekends are among the largest women-specific events in the country and designed to celebrate and promote women’s empowerment, women’s health and an active lifestyle.

Later this week George Gensler will give her runner’s perspective of the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.